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Project starts at historic Dorchester Roman site

Work has started to transform a historic part of Dorchester.

The landscaping project, at West Walks Road and Bowling Alley Walk, will open up Trinity Street car park and Borough Gardens.

The three-week development will be carried out in a conservation area next to the original boundary wall to the Roman town of Durnovaria.

West Dorset District Council has also obtained permission to remove some of the trees along West Walks Road.

Because Durnovaria - the Roman name for Dorchester - is a protected site, planning approval also had to be sought.

Work also includes alternations to the steps to West Walks Road and resurfacing the path leading up to Bowling Alley Walk.

An archaeological consultant has been appointed to monitor the excavations as part of the project, which has had advice from English Heritage.

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